Here are some of the flowers in the bunker garden by Alverstoke Junior School. What makes them so striking is that it was a rubbishy bit of waste ground. On Sunday, we will be exploring the Parable of the Sower together – God’s Word brings new life!

Please read on for this week’s notices:

STOKES BAY SUMMER PICNIC Andy & Libby Norris will be picnicking at 12.30pm-2pm at Stokes Bay on 13th August & would be delighted of any company should you be able to join us! Near end of ‘long path’ (if wet – The Rectory).

AUTUMN ALPHA COURSE We’re going to acquire the new and updated Alpha Course DVDs for our next course which shall start on Wednesday 4th October. Please make plans now to join us for what shall be a very inspiring exploration of faith in Jesus. Who could you invite to come along with you?

ADULT BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION We look forward to welcoming Bishop Christopher on Sunday 26th November for a special service including adult Baptism/Confirmation. Confirmation ‘expresses the laying on of hands’ after Baptism for the renewal of the Holy Spirit. Like Pentecost, it’s a wonderful celebration of faith, trust and the abiding life of God within us. Please have a word with the clergy if you’d be interested in getting Confirmed or Baptised. For teenagers and adults this does require preparation, entailing the Alpha Course for adults whilst Tim & Clare Watson will host a group for teens.

PEW! Don’t forget that next Thursday, 20th July, is the day to collect from Haslar hospital if you have applied to own a pine church pew. There are now just a very few remaining so if you would like to share a little bit of Alverstoke church history a donation of over £100 is invited please (which will go towards the cost of works on floors, walls and the memorial stone floor in the church).
You can see a similar pew to those available near the war memorial in St Mary’s. Enquiries to Peter Camp at
petercamp@btinternet.com or via the Parish Office.

THE PRAYER CHAIN exists to support those needing prayer through a confidential network of caring parishioners. Please contact Sue Stacey on 023 92 583167.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE ‘10p Messy Fun Fete’
As co-hosts with Gosport Rotary, St.Mary’s will be involved with the Michaelmas Fayre on 30th September. Please join us to help express God’s love through the hospitality offered at St.Mary’s on that day. In addition to the church being open with music & possible concert at night, this year we shall also host a 10p Messy Kids Fun Fete along the church pathway. We’ve a dozen exciting games, crafts and activities all at 10p or free. Being co-ordinated by Kay Howard, Chris Richardson and Libby Norris; please sign up to help when the list of stalls appears soon – thank you.

COMPILING A CHRISTIAN POETRY BOOKLET
Some of you are gifted in writing spiritual poetry and prose which can offer such inspired encouragement from the Lord. Sarah Savery (usually at both 9.15am & 10.45am) would be pleased to hear from you as she seeks to compile a simple book of poems from among the congregations and in
support of the new parish centre.

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUPS regularly meet either in homes/the Parish Centre for friendship, Bible study, discussion & prayer. The groups offer significant encouragement in faith & support. You’d be very welcome to join a group that suits you. Contact: Diana Dow (02392 528122).
Wednesday Ladies BFG Fortnightly at 2.30pm
Thursday ‘Bible Study’ BFG Fortnightly, 10.00-11.30am
Wednesday ‘Open Hands’ BFG Weekly, 8.00-9.30pm
Thursday ‘Beta’ BFG Fortnightly, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Friday ‘Bible & Biscuit’ BFG Weekly at 9.30am and babies, pre-school children are welcome.

PRAYER REQUESTS can be written on the tree by the Chapel in St.Mary’s, on the Cross on the wall in St.Francis’ & the prayer board in St.Faith’s. Intercessions are offered using your requests for 1 month. Please be mindful of confidences when writing requests.

‘Save our Centre’ DATES FOR THE DIARY:
6th Oct – Concert in the Church with the HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band, and the Military Wives’ Choir (Portsmouth) Tickets from July at the Parish Office. 21st Oct- Quiz & Supper Night 25th Nov – Barn Dance at Bay House

CUPPA & COMPANY in the Parish Centre, 4th Tuesday of every month. Next date 25th July between 2pm and 3pm. Cuppa & Company is a fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

1st ALVERSTOKE GUIDES is 100 this year – it started in 1917 and is as strong as always! We are having a party at Brodrick Hall on Saturday 16 September and would love anyone with a connection to the Unit to just drop in anytime between 2.00-4.00 pm that afternoon. If you would like to hel, please email Pam Marsden: gg.gosport@gmail.com so there’s enough centenary refreshments for everyone!

Sunday at 6.30pm, Holy Communion at St Francis
Revd Reg Forse will officiate. All are welcome. Thank you for supporting our strawberry tea. A profit of £80 towards the building maintenance was made. Tickets are available from Eric and Joy Skinner 92588520 for 24th August at 7.00pm in St Francis Church. A ‘Further Illustrated Talk on Old Gosport’. Puddings in the interval £4.00.